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Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Ultra-Small Angle X-ray Scattering



Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Ultra-Small Angle X-ray Scattering
Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire
£33,963 to £39,955 per annum
Full time / Flexible Hours Considered
3 Years Fixed Term
Reference: 10964

About Us
Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility. By accelerating electrons to near light-speed, Diamond generates brilliant beams of light from infra-red to X-rays which are used for academic and industry research and development across a range of scientific disciplines including structural biology, physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering, earth, and environmental sciences.

About the Role
We now have an opportunity for a highly motivated scientist, at Post-Doctoral Research Associate level, to assist in the commissioning and scientific exploitation of the new instrument. You will focus on the development of fast scanning technologies to allow for the most efficient use of instrument time. There will be opportunities to develop your own research program in the area of ultra-small angle X-ray scattering both independently, and in collaboration with the Diamond I22 Beamline user community.

Diamond runs a suite of world class small angle scattering instruments, with both synchrotron and offline sources, covering the whole gamut of Life and Physical Sciences. This position represents an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic person to play a key role in expanding the capabilities of the SAXS group and Diamond.

Beamline I22 enables structural studies with length scales ranging from the atomic to several hundred nanometres. Increasingly we are finding scientific problems that require even longer length scales, up to several microns. To cover this, we aim to supplement the existing setup at I22 with a Bonse-Hart ultra-small angle scattering instrument.

About You
You will have an appropriate Science Degree and PhD, along with proven experience and research interest in relevant areas, including:
• Nanostructural analysis of systems with length scales ranging up to 4 microns.
• Instrument development and deployment.
• Scientific programming in support of data collection/processing/analysis.

You will demonstrate good communication, interpersonal and presentation skills to interact with both staff and collaborators.

Benefits
Diamond offers an exceptional benefits package to support staff in achieving a positive work/life balance. This includes 25 days annual leave plus 13 days of statutory and company holidays, along with flexible working hours and an excellent pension scheme. Staff also have access to a range of amenities on site including a nursery, cafes, a restaurant and sports and leisure facilities. A relocation allowance may also be available where applicable.

We take an active approach to ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our activities at Diamond, with a dedicated commitment to ensuring we provide a fulfilling and enjoyable place to work, where all staff feel valued and recognised for their individual contribution.

To Apply
Please use the online application process to apply and tell us why you believe you are suitable for this role.

Diamond is a thriving international organisation, attracting a diverse range of talented individuals from around the world. Our staff currently comprises 44 nationalities and we welcome applications from everyone interested in joining us.

The closing date for applications is 19th February 2023, however, we encourage early applications as some candidates may be interviewed before this date.


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